Whistler, BC –
“The ski jump was awesome and the view from the top is really perfect,” said Zoya Lynch, member of Canada’s national ski jumping team. “This is a great location and the hill was prepared well.”
“The facilities at Whistler Olympic Park are perfect for training and competition of Nordic combined athletes given the proximity of the cross-country ski trails to the jumping hills,” said Walt Savill, director of operations with Nordic Combined Ski Canada. “The past week of training and competition here has certainly surpassed our expectations and we anticipate this being a major training facility for us.”
Athletes began training on December 28, when a total of 24 men and women on Canada's national ski jumping and Nordic combined teams took the first test jumps on the new venue. Training continued daily until January 1, with the athletes completing more than 2,000 jumps prior to the start of the first official competition. The North American Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Championships were held on January 2-3, while the Canadian National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships, with over 60 athletes competing from the US and Canada, are scheduled to be completed by Saturday, January 5. These events will determine the top male and female junior ski jumpers and Nordic combined junior skiers in North America, and the top overall male and female ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes in Canada.